Seven months after Drone acquisition, Harness announces significant updates

Ron Miller
·2 min read

The running line from any CEO of an acquired company is that the company can do so much more with resources of the company that acquired it than it could on its own. Just seven months after being acquired, Drone co-founder Brad Rydzewski says that his company really has benefited greatly from being part of Harness, and today the company announced a significant overhaul of the open-source project.

The artist formerly known as Drone is now called "Harness CI Community Edition" and Rydzewski says the Harness CEO and founder Jyoti Bansal kept his word when he said he was 100% committed to continue developing the open-source Drone product.

"Over the past seven months since the acquisition, a lot of community work has been around taking advantage of the resources that Harness has been able to afford us as a project -- like having access to a designer, having access to professional writers -- these are luxuries for most open-source projects," Rydzewski told me.

He says that having access to these additional resources has enabled him to bring a higher level of polish to the project that just wouldn't have been possible without joining Harness. At the same time, he says the CI team, which has grown from the project's two co-founders to 15 people, has also been able to build out the professional CI tool as it has become part of the Harness toolset.

Chief among the updates to the community edition is a new sleeker interface that has a much more professional look and feel, according to Rydzewski. In addition, developers can see how projects move along the pipeline in a visualization tool, while benefiting from real-time debugging tools and new governance and security features.

All of this is an embarrassment of riches for Rydzewski, who was used to working on a shoestring budget prior to joining Harness. "Drone came from very humble beginnings as an open-source project, but now I think it can hold its own next to any product in the market today, even products that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.

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